Simons Visiting Professors

Since January 2014 there is a new program at Oberwolfach which is called Simons Visiting Professors (SVP) and which is funded by the Simons Foundation.

This program annually supports up to 40 Simons Visiting Professors, distinguished junior or senior scientists from outside Europe, who wish to combine an invitation to an Oberwolfach Workshop with a research visit to a European university of up to two weeks. In suitable cases, also participants of Mini-Workshops can be supported. The program provides support to each Simons Visiting Professor by Oberwolfach amounting to 135 Euro per day of the university visit. Additionally, the participating universities are required to provide accommodation for the duration of the visit at the university as well as travel expenses within Europe between Oberwolfach and the university as a matching of this support.

This partnership between the MFO and universities providing matching funds is designed to benefit the scientists, the MFO and participating universities equally by making efficient use of travel funds and travel time in carefully planned combined visits to the MFO and a university. In this way workshop attendance can be combined with individual collaborations and lectures at European universities. The new program also helps to quickly disseminate new research results from Oberwolfach workshops directly to a wide audience of researchers and students at participating universities.

The SVP awards are decided by the director on suggestion of the organizers of a Workshop. Participants of Workshops who are interested in this award should contact their organizers of the Workshop. Workshop organizers can act as a host for a SVP, but not as a SVP themselves.